UPDATED: 11:30 a.m. FRIDAY
(Above: From the website: johnwoodenbook.com)
What made it into this week’s version of the media column:
You’re not seeing things: Books written about John Wooden continue to appear on store shelves as much today as when he was alive and coaching UCLA to national basketball championships. The difference is there’s an anniversary to acknowledge — it’s been 50 years since his first title, the 1963-64 team that went 30-0.
Brace yourself for the wizardry of more words to be written about Wooden.
The ones we spotlighted:
== “The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty That Changed College Basketball,” by John Matthew Smith (University of Illinois Press, $24.95, 344 pages)
== “Wooden: A Coach’s Life,” by Seth Davis (Holt, Henry & Company, Inc., $35, 608 pages)
== “Anatomy of a Champion / An American Dynasty Wooden’s Way,” By Andre McCarter, currently discussed on a kickerstarter.com webpage.
What didn’t make it into the column:
== This process made us more curious about finding the ultimate list of books written by or about John Wooden.
Here’s a list we’ve compiled (with links):
== “Practical Modern Basketball,” by John Wooden (1966). Various reprints have come since then in 1980 and 1998, the third edition with a Bill Walton introduction.
== “They Call Me Coach,” by John Wooden with Jack Tobin (1972, with several paperback revisions and updates)
== “The Wizard of Westwood: Coach John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins,” by Dwight Chapin and Jeff Prugh (1973). In paperback reprints, it seems the name was expanded to “The true story of UCLA’s fabulous coach John Wooden”
== “Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the court,” by John Wooden with Steve Jamison (1997)
== “Be Quick – But Don’t Hurry: Finding Success in the Teachings of a Lifetime,” by Andrew Hill with John Wooden
== “Beyond Success – The 15 Secrets to Effective Leadership and Life Based on Legendary Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success Paperback,” by Brian D. Biro (2001)
== “The John Wooden Pyramid of Success: The Authorized Biography, Philosophy and Ultimate Guide to Life, Leadership, Friendship and Love of the Greatest Coach in the History of Sports,” by Neville L. Johnson (2003)
== “My Personal Best : Life Lessons from an All-American Journey Hardcover,” by John Wooden and Steve Jamison (2004)
== “You Haven’t Taught Until They Have Learned: John Wooden’s Teaching Principles and Practices,” by Swen Nater and Robert Gallimore (2005)
== “Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success Playbook: Applying the Pyramid of Success to Your Life,” by John Wooden with Jay Cart (2005)
== “The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership,” by John Wooden and Steve Jamison (2006)
== “John Wooden: An American Treasure,” by Steve Bisheff (2008)
== “Coach Wooden One-on-One: Inspiring Conversations on Purpose, Passion and the Pursuit of Success,” by John Wooden with Jay Carty (2009)
== “Coach Wooden’s Leadership Game Plan for Success: 12 Lessons for Extraordinary Performance and Personal Excellence,” by John Wooden with Steve Jamison (2009)
== “The Wisdom of Wooden: My Century On and Off the Court,” by John Wooden with Steve Jamison (2010)
== “The Greatest Coach Ever: Timeless Wisdom and Insights of John Wooden (The Heart of a Coach Series),” by Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2010)
== “Coach John Wooden: 100 Years of Greatness,” by Matt Fulks (2010)
== “Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours,” by Pat Williams (2011)
== “A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring,” by John Wooden with Don Yaeger (2011 updated)
== “Wooden: Basketball & Beyond,” by Richard Hoffer for Skybox Press (2011) Introduction by Dick Enberg and Denny Crum
== “Quotable Wooden: Words of Wisdom, Preparation, and Success By and About John Wooden, College Basketball’s Greatest Coach,” by John Reger (2012 updated)
== “A Salute to John Wooden: The Greatest Coach in College Basketball History,” by Jim Mathieson (2012)
== “Conversations with Coach Wooden: On Baseball, Heroes, and Life,” by Gary Adams (2013)
== “Wooden & Me: Life Lessons from My Two-Decade Friendship with the Legendary Coach and Humanitarian to Help Make Each Day Your Masterpiece,” by Woody Woodburn (2013), with the opportunity to get one personalized at www.WoodyWoodburn.com
== “Quotes from Coach John Wooden: Winning With Principle (Life Wisdom),” by LLC Meadows Edge Group (Sept., 2013)
The list has more Kindle-only copies of some teaching books, also some children’s books that Wooden wrote in his later years, including:
“Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success” (2003)
== Self promotion I: The Sports Business Daily did a writers’ round table — actually, it could have been a rectangular soap box, since it was just me and Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch — discussing some NBA media-related topics earlier this week. The quotes may not have reached an expiration date yet.
== Self promotion II: The next episode of “Going Roggin” (Sunday, midnight, Channel 4 with host Fred Roggin) includes me and Daily News colleague Jill Painter blathering on about Kobe Bryant’s future, O.J. Simpson’s legacy, the value of high school football games on TV and our favorite Halloween costume.
== Adrian Healey, Taylor Twellman and Monica Gonzalez, with Alexi Lalas as an onsite studio analyst, are ESPN’s team covering the Galaxy’s first leg of the Western Conference semifinals (Sunday, 6 p.m., StubHub Center in Carson). Leg two is in Real Salt Lake (Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m., ESPN2). ESPN also has the Western Conference championship (Sundays, Nov. 10 and Nov. 24) leading to the Sunday, Dec. 7 MLS Cup.
== Fox reported Thursday afternoon that its 2013 World Series average an 8.9 rating and 15 share with 14.9 million viewers, up 17 percent over an all-time low 7.6 from a year ago. Wednesday’s decisive Game 6 had a 11.3 rating and 18 share, the network’s best-rated primetime broadcast of the season.
Confused by Fox’s celebratory tone? Ed Sherman has the correct spin here.
== Meanwhile, earlier this week, Fox sent out a release trumpeting the fact that Darrell Wallace Jr., became the first African-American driver in 50 years to win a NASCAR national series race (the Camping World Truck Series) last week at Martinsville Speedway, carried on Fox Sports 1. It said that the “renewed, widespread, spirited conversation regarding diversity in NASCAR . . . helped propel (FS1’s) race broadcast to a 1 percent increase in viewership over last year’s race, making it the most watched program of the day on the network.”
That’s no typo. A one-percent increase must equal . . . 12 viewers? Maybe 13 if one stayed on the channel too long by mistake? The truck series continues on FS1 tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Texas. Maybe it’ll go up to 1.5 percent before next week’s release.
Remember, some MLB games are moving to FS1 next season.
== What a shock to see the Sports Business Daily present a list of stories and tweets under a headline “Fox Criticized For Decision To Have Erin Andrews Handle World Series Postgame Duties.” The highlights:
NY Times’ Richard Sandomir: “(Fox execs) wrongly figured that she deserved a prominent place on baseball’s biggest stage … (she seemed) awkward at times (and Fox) should have looked more deeply into its stable of announcers for a true baseball personality.”
The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn (behind the paywall) writes: “(Fox) needs to start hitting Erin Andrews lower in its batting order … (during the postgame trophy presentation she appeared to be) uncertain as to who (Red Sox chair Tom Werner and President Larry Lucchino were).
We could show more, but why pile on? Message sent, perhaps, at last.
== Now that Tim McCarver’s no longer going to be heard, likely, on Fox’s MLB games: A parting shot from Sherman. More tributes from Fox’s Ken Rosenthal. And this from Roger Angel, writing for New Yorker, which ends: “All we need tonight to celebrate Tim is what baseball provides so often: something different but exactly the same — another great baseball moment, with the right man on hand to bring it to us with clarity and understanding, perhaps even before it happens.”
== And always a treat to hear Pete Rose tie the baseball season with a bow, as he did with Keith Olbermann this week (above).
== MLB Network has the Players Choice Awards (Monday, 5 p.m.) hosted by Fran Charles, Dan Plesac and Heidi Watney. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw is finalist for Player of the Year with Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera and Baltimore’s Chris Davis.
== Sports Business Daily reports that Randy Freer, who had shared the Fox Sports president role with Eric Shanks, was promoted to to Fox Networks Group President & COO to head affiliate and ad sales.
== Consider the tie between CBS Sports’ SEC package, and CBS’ “60 Minutes” doing a piece on Alabama football Nick Saban that airs Sunday (7 p.m., Channel 2). Reporter Armen Keteyian hears Alabama chancellor Dr. Robert Witt say Saban’s $5.5 million a year contract is the best investment the school ever made.
== If uninterested in watching it on TWC SportsNet, ESPN sends out Dave Pasch with Hubie Brown and J.A. Adande on the sidelines for the Lakers’ game against visiting San Antonio on Friday night (7:30 p.m.). Which is after Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Doris Burke have the Miami-Brooklyn game at 5 p.m. Which is after their new NBA Countdown show with Sage Steele, Doug Collins, Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons. Which came after a piece on Steele by SI’s Deitsch. And another by Deitsch giving Charles Barkley more space to talk.
== ESPN Radio’s new broadcast teams on NBA games: Former studio analyst Jon Barry is now working games with Kevin Calabro, taking the role held by Jack Ramsey the previous 18 seasons. PJ Carlesimo is also paired with Marc Kestecher. Also, Stan Van Gundy will join the broadcast team for 10 regular season games to be determined.
== Add the San Francisco Chronicle to the list of newspapers going anti-“Redskins.”
== How do you size up Time Warner Cable losing some 300,000 customers during that CBS blackout, just before the NFL season started?
== Want to pay to get behind the firewall and read a Bakersfield Californian story on Dick Enberg? It’s your nickle.
== ESPN ombudsman Robert Lipsyte’s latest column about teachable moments.
== Where the Culver City-based NFL Network stands as it reaches a 10-year anniversary, thanks to New York Times reporting.
== What if the NFL had a team in L.A., and London? Would Fox move its studios to England?
== Not sure if CNN is bragging or recoiling in reporting that the first episode of “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols” debuted in fourth place in both the 25-54 demo (119,000 viewers) and total viewers (288,000) last Friday at 8 p.m. PDT/11 p.m. EDT, losing out to Fox News’ repeat of “The O’Reilly Factor” (1.38 million), MSNBC’s “Investigates” (360,000) and HLN’s “Nancy Grace” (336,000).